OAKLAND -- Hundreds of Oakland teachers who received pink slips last month will keep their jobs next year, school district officials announced Wednesday evening.

Deputy Superintendent Maria Santos said the administration will not issue any final layoff notices to elementary school teachers or to 17 music teachers as a result of budget cutbacks. She noted that teachers without proper certification to teach English learners will still receive layoff notices on May 15.

"We're really excited about this and delighted today to present that information to you," Santos said at Wednesday's school board meeting.

Santos said further analysis is required before a similar announcement can be made about other positions, such as middle and high school teachers or counselors.

The Oakland school district warned 657 teachers that they were at risk of losing their jobs. That number included 25 music teachers and more than 230 elementary school teachers.



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